Your belated Freedom Kicks are now here, so don't you fret.
Armchair Analyst: More experiments? A roster for Jurgen Klinsmann and the USMNT | MLSsoccer.com: While no D.C. United players make the Armchair Analyst's roster, Steve Birnbaum, Bill Hamid, and Perry Kitchen do get shoutouts.
'Zero chance' Thierry Henry returns to Red Bulls; Club's owners losing interest | SI.com: The energy drink company is trying to get out of the US soccer business as quickly as possible, with rumors that if someone offered them $300 million right now they could have the team and Red Bull Arena. Plus, Thierry Henry won't be there next year.
Women's stars file lawsuit against FIFA, CSA over World Cup artificial turf | SI.com: The long-rumored suit is now a reality.
Jürgen Klopp describes one time he watched porn - SBNation.com: I leave this here without comment.
State of the MLS Run In: 4 Weeks to Go - Sounder At Heart: D.C. United have a 94.9% chance of getting into next year's Concacaf Champions League; if they do so, they will receive the allocation money for that as well as the allocation money for reaching the group stage. They are replacing the "you suck" allocation with the "hey, you're awesome" allocation.
The Curious Case of Gedion Zelalem's Citizenship - The Short Fuse: An update from overseas on the curious case of Gedion Zelalem, formerly of the D.C. area.
What MLS’ salaries for its 2014 Homegrowns tell us about incentive | The 91st Minute | Soccer Blog | Videos | Pop-Culture: Out of the recently signed Homegrown players, D.C. United's Jalen Robinson and Collin Martin are among the highest paid; most are earning around 36k per year.
Athleticism vs. Skill: Changing the eternal American sporting debate | The 91st Minute | Soccer Blog | Videos | Pop-Culture: Another good piece from Top Drawer Soccer about the state of US youth development.
UCL Rewind: Atletico hold off Juventus; Liverpool fall to Basel; and more | Soccer By Ives: If you like overseas soccer, here is the recap of what happened in the UEFA Champions League.
Finally, a little tidbit from the Richmond Kickers:
Ryan Taylor is a goalkeeper who improved greatly after Joe Willis left, Samuel Asante is a diminutive defensive midfielder, and George Davis IV is an attacking midfielder or forward. This is probably a combination of kicking the tires and getting more numbers for practices, but this is another benefit of D.C. United's USL PRO affiliation.
What do you have today?